I declare myself human

handshake-1By Darla Welchel

About a year ago, I started doing something to protest hate in this world and against those who would strive to keep it alive.
When filling out forms (the older you get, the more you have to do this), it asked my race.
I realized I didn’t like this question. In fact, it felt like, to me, this question does a lot to keep people segregated and keeps hate alive.
I started refusing to answer it, but I knew simply “opting out” was not the answer. So, I began writing in – even though there was no space for it – “Human.”
I know this won’t really make a difference in the scheme of things, but change has to start somewhere no matter how small.
In the recent days, the media has been showering the country with one race-related story or another. And, as often media does, there weren’t any feel-good stories, only those about discord and hate.
In Oklahoma, the current news is all about spending tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands to change the names of schools that bare the name of men who lived in the South and fought for the Confederacy.
This is silly, not just because it will tax an already weak education budget, but because, good or bad, these men are a part of our history. Atrocities were committed on both sides of the war.
My cousin posted  a statement on Facebook – just to get a laugh – that since so many denominations of US currency had pictures of former Confederate men, that people shouldn’t use it, instead, they should send all their currency to him.
He got one heated response from a person protesting about the atrocities slaves endured at the hand of these Southerners.
I responded back to this person that my own direct ancestors were put in the Auschwitz concentration camp, because my family wasn’t “German” enough. My maiden name was Selzler – can’t get much more German than that, or so I thought. (Turns out we were Russian Germans)
I also said, “That doesn’t make me hate all Germans. These horrific acts happened in the past and painful as it is, it is still part of world history – lest we forget. This is the present, and I’m looking toward a future where there is no such thing as race. I’m human and I love all humans.”
It should be pointed out, it wasn’t only the South that held slaves; many in the North did as well, there just wasn’t as many. Most of the North decided to stand against the wrong that was being done to other humans and fight – often their brothers – in one of our county’s deadliest wars.
And if people will truly look at history, all cultures – even those from Africa – used slaves, and in some countries, the “Cast” system and even slavery are still heavily used today. Not all slavers hunted down innocent villagers in Africa to get slaves; many were purchased from other Africans.
The United States is not the only country with an ugly past. The things that were done in the name of inhabiting (conquering) are unspeakable, disturbing and heartbreaking. And not just concerning slaves, look what was done with the first inhabitants of America. And yes, I will agree, there is still a lot of inequality taking place in the “Good Ol USA.”
But, I believe it is the overuse and over reactionary responses from the media and on social media that is keeping the hate alive.
The past is there to remind us how NOT to be – to remind us NOT to repeat the ugliness that took place. No one alive today has been through that shameful part of the United State’s past that included slavery. And, I’m pretty sure that no one alive traveled the Trail of Tears. But to pretend it didn’t happen, or worse, to act like it still happens today is asinine.
If we humans don’t put all that hate aside and start to try to mend our differences, we will once again be plunged into hate-driven war between ourselves. Instead of grouping up in hate groups, we need to learn from the past and move forward to a civilized society of love and equality.
America was founded on differences; difference of religious beliefs is what drove the earliest settlers here in the first place. We need to embrace our uniqueness and start treating each other with love and not hate. Often times hating one’s self is what causes them to hate others.
But, we cannot simply ignore our past just because it offends some. It is what it is, and in spite of it all, America is still one of the best countries to live in.
Ignorance breeds fear, fear breeds hate, hate hurts all humans.

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Fall Contrast

I love the contrast of the very green moss and the colors of autumn in this shot. God does such pretty work!

Old and New

Old and New

The Royalty of the Insect World

Like stained glass on wings, the Monarch butterfly is as beautiful to gaze upon as it sits sipping nectar from a flower as it is in flight.

Full Splendor

Full Splendor

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Just a sip

Just a sip

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This fellow, battered and worn, has seen endless days of Oklahoma winds

This fellow, battered and worn, has seen endless days of Oklahoma winds

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All were taken at the Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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The Danger of What We Eat

With Isis and Ebola taking over the airwaves, Internet and newsprint, our country is in a constant state of fear for the safety of our families.
But it is not what is attacking us from beyond our boarders that we should be concerned about, but the attack on the health and well being of our children from within our own government that should have us most concerned.
I recently watched the documentary narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up, an up-close look at the Big Food industry and how it is literally killing, not only our children, but eventually all Americans.

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I know this sounds a bit drastic and over the top, but the simple fact is that this is not a new problem and our government – influenced by Big Money from Big Foods, is jeopardizing America’s health in order to keep their pockets nice and fleeced.
Fed Up takes a look at nearly 40 years of cover-ups by the government. It will make you mad when you watch it; it did me. In fact, I watched it more than once and got angrier every time I did. But I’m a journalist, and nothing can be changed or influenced by anger, so I write.
Although I’m not a fan of Couric with her extreme liberal slants, she took an honest bi-partisan look into this current healthcare crisis.
The movie focuses on how Big Food has targeted our children to sell their products. Through commercials, Internet and toys designed to make them wanting to come back for more, children (and adults) are constantly bombarded with images, smells and tastes that all tell them to eat more.

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Full of countless interviews with experienced and respected professionals, Fed Up, uncovers the ugly truth about sugar. It is in almost all of our foods, whether it is really needed or not. In fact, one expert reported that American food shelves carry over 600,000 items and over 80 percent of them have added sugar.
Now sugar is addictive, very addictive, and it is introduced and fed to children – sometimes from birth (it is added to lactose-free formula). Children get it from morning until night – as do many adults. Like I said, the health reports on the danger of too much sugar have been covered up for over 40 years.
In the coming weeks, I will be sharing some of the more unsettling and blatant truths about sugar, Big Food and the government’s involvement with the cover-ups.
I would highly recommend that everyone watch this documentary. You can check it out from a library or buy it for under $10 on Amazon.com. If your still not sure if you want to watch Fed Up, check out the movie’s website at http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home.

A Girl’s Other Best Friend

Ooh! Fall! Time for fires, warm afghans and hot chocolate! Enjoy!

Through The Lens

We all know that a girl’s best friend is supposed to be a diamond. Or so the saying goes.

Sparkleies! I love sparkleies!

I’m not sure where the saying originated; probably some post war-era idea that a girl is not complete or happy unless she is engaged or married. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about that, but before you get all anti-femminisim on me – that’s not what this post is about. Although I do have to give a shout-out to all the strong young women who are not yet wed and are still waiting for Mr. Right to come along and propose.

For Me, I just like Sparkly things. Yes, I love being married too and will have been for 34 years this coming March, but I have to say, I just love the way gems sparkle and make me feel pretty. But again I digress. This post…

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Weekly Photo Challange & Prayer Request: Spring

Spring signifies life; and with all this budding of life that is surrounding all of us this time of year, I am sadden by death.

My daddy-n-law, who is one of the most awesome guys I know is loosing his battle with this life. He is 84 and has COPD for a long time. Yesterday, we brought him home to die. He is ready and even a bit excited to leave this mortal world of pain and loneliness (his beloved wife passed 10 years ago), but he grieves for our sadness.

As you look at these few images of spring in Oklahoma, please say a little prayer for AC that his passing will be gentle and surrounded by those who love and adore him. Thank you.

Tulips and Johnny Jump Ups greet spring like an old friend.

Tulips and Johnny Jump Ups greet spring like an old friend.

Pop, even in his suffering, he has a smile and a joke for everyone.

Pop, even in his suffering, he has a smile and a joke for everyone.

Jonquils

Jonquils

tulip just opening

tulip just opening

Seven of pops nine Oklahoma Great Grands. (Ethan and Mac had stayed home while mom took Isabelle - far left to the doctor). From left Isabelle, Aeden, Caera. Riley, Cameron, Owe and Chloe. He also has two California greats, Chris and Dillon.

Seven of pops nine Oklahoma Great Grands. (Ethan and Mac had stayed home while mom took Isabelle – far left to the doctor). From left Isabelle, Aeden, Caera. Riley, Cameron, Owen and Chloe. He also has two California greats, Chris and Dillon.

Close up serenity

Close up serenity

 

A Mama’s Hope

From my friend and fellow blogger, Paula Blaxton!

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John 3:16 For God So Loved the World ~ Found in the Moore tornado debris. John 3:16 For God So Loved the World ~
Found in the Moore tornado debris.

Good Friday.  I never really understood why it was called good.  I’ve read the account repeatedly.  I could understand Easter being called “Good Sunday”.  But Friday was a horrific day for Jesus.  For those that loved Him.  For His mama.

When I ponder on the heartache I have held for my own children, I cannot begin to  imagine Mary’s.  Illness.  Struggles. Disappointment.  Mistakes.  A mama wants to fix these things for her children, no matter their age.  The hardest place is when you come to the realization that you have no power to change a circumstance.  Were the many prayers sent up for this child all in vain?

And then I reflect upon Mary.  She had no power.  No prayer left.  Her heart exposed.  I cannot help but wonder, when her eyes met His…

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Thanks, Pharma. You created the “anti-vaccine movement”.

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Selfies by Allen

From my friend Lilly who does such beautiful bird photos!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

Juxtaposition.

This is an interesting and often confusing word. An online dictionary defines it as:

jux·ta·po·si·tion

[juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uhn] Show IPA

noun

1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
2. the state of being close together or side by side.
I had always been taught that in photography, juxtaposition defined a composition that was in sharp contrast either in style, function or idea.  Kind of like Beauty and the Beast.
I love this old forgotten home surrounded by equally forgotten wild miniature roses.

I love this old forgotten home surrounded by equally forgotten wild miniature roses. I actually named this image Beauty and the Beast

Here are a few images I have that signify juxtaposition to me.

Nature vs. Machine

Nature vs. Machine

To be so near and yet so far away; the St. Louis Arch has been photographed so many ways, it was difficult to get a truly unique image. I basically stood with my back to the arch and bent over backwards to get this angle.

An example of man reaching toward God.

Glass spires stretch towards the pillow-soft clouds in the sky. Truly near and far.

Another example of the contrast between man-made and the heavens!

The animalistic graffiti against the elegant gracefulness of this lover's bench, struck me as sad.

The animalistic graffiti against the elegant gracefulness of this lover’s bench, struck me as sad.

I love the metal cross atop the fence panel nestled against the Rose of Sharon. This actually more ironic than juxtaposed.

I love the metal cross atop the fence panel nestled against the Rose of Sharon. This actually more ironic than juxtaposed.

Have a great day!

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